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The French recorded music industry is currently suffering due to the ongoing transitions from physical to digital and ownership to access.


  • France ended last year as the world’s fifth-largest music market in terms of trade revenue from recorded music sales, according to the IFPI. For both physical and digital music earnings the country was ranked fifth. It was ranked third for income from performance rights and synchronization.

Features and Benefits

  • Contains all the latest data for each sector of the French music industry.
  • Details recorded music sales, retail splits, record company market share, and royalty collections.

Key questions answered

  • How did the French recorded music sector perform in the first half of this year?
  • How did the French live music sector respond to terror attacks in the country?

Table of contents

Recorded music

  • Second year of recorded music contraction

Music retail

  • FNAC the physical format retail leader
  • Deezer the streaming leader, iTunes dominates downloads
  • Digital infrastructure and access

Royalty collections

  • Return to growth for SACEM
  • Mixed fortunes for performance rights’ societies


  • Competitive radio sector
  • Traditional TV viewing holds steady against online pressure


  • The Bataclan terrorist attack
  • Live music consolidation


  • Methodology
  • Author

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